LIVINGSTON COUNTY — The Cornell Cooperative Extension’s Traffic Safety Education Program is collaborating with several Livingston County agencies to hold events promoting National Child Passenger Safety Week, which runs from Sept. 17 to Sept. 24.
According to a press release from CCE Livingston County, the week includes two child passenger safety seat checks, a booster seat giveaway, and a ‘lunch and learn’ event.
The booster seat giveaway will take place at Wentworth Motors at 139 Franklin Street in Dansville. That event will run from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 20.
One information booth and car seat check will be available at Noyes Hospital from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17. The other check will be at KidStart at 5871 Groveland Station Road in Mt. Morris. That will run Saturday, Sept. 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Finally, the lunch and education presentation will be at Cornell Cooperative Extension in Mount Morris, located at 3 Murray Hill Drive. That event runs on Wednesday, Sept. 21 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and guests are encouraged to RSVP by calling (585) 991-5420.
Safety technicians will be on hand to provide education and instruction on using car seats, booster seats, and seat belts for children. Technicians can also help educate consumers about choosing the right car seat for their child, the importance of registering car seats with the manufacturer, and what to expect if the seat is subject to a safety recall.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) notes that from 2009 to 2013, 3,335 children under age 13 were killed and an estimated 611,000 were injured in car crashes. Rear-facing child safety seats with harnesses are recommended because they support the head, neck and spine of infants and toddlers in crashes by distributing the force of the collision over the whole body.
Once a child is at least four years old and at least 40 pounds, a booster seat can be used. Children are meant to be kept in a booster seat until they can fit in a seat belt properly. According to NYS law, all children must be restrained in an appropriate child restraint system until they reach their eighth birthday. Finally, it is recommended that children under 12 should always ride in the back seat.